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Trump Holds Commanding Lead in First National Poll Since Muslim Ban Proposal

Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP nationally, despite his recent racist comments against Muslims.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday showed that Trump lead the GOP with 35 percent of the vote. In contrast, Ben Carson received 12 percent, while Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush netted 10 percent each.

The Hill reports:

On Monday, Trump sparked a firestorm by proposing to halt all Muslims coming into the country to combat terrrorism. The idea has been condemned by members of both parties.

Among Republicans, 29 percent found Trump’s remarks offensive, compared to 64 percent who didn’t. Yet 41 percent of Republicans said the billionaire businessman’s comments may hurt his chances in the election.

The poll also found that 72 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of overall voters were offended by Trump’s ban.

The poll was conducted from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11 and surveyed 481 Republicans. The margin of error was 5 percentage points. Other polls released this week were partly conducted before his proposal.

A RealClearPolitics average of national polls shows that Trump leads his GOP rivals with 30.4 percent.

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